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    Question looking for lower than standard height 3.5" HD

    i have a couple of old pc's that i've crammed fill of hardrives, and the boot drives i'm using are older smaller capacity drives that are slightly shorter in height than the standard drives you get today, which i think are about 1 inch thick? the older drives are just 80gb and 160gb or so, but are more like 2cm in height, which is just a fraction of a difference, but it means that i can slot the drives in a particular space in the case

    i was wondering if there were any currently available drives that are the same height, ie. lower than normal, but with a bigger capacity? and at a decent price. so for example, a single platter 1tb drive at £40 or something?

    i know i could use a laptop drive, but i'd be paying a premium for the capacity/size, and i imagine this would be much slower than a 3.5" drive, so not so good as a boot drive? i could get a 12.5mm high 1tb 2.5" drive for about £70, but then i can get a 2tb 3.5" drive for the same

    is anyone able to help, or point me in the direction of a site that lists the heights of 3.5" drives?

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    Re: looking for lower than standard height 3.5" HD

    The smaller capacity Seagate models are a bit thinner (0.78 in as opposed to 1.02 in), up to 500GB in the 7200.12 series and 320GB in the 7200.11s, both just under £30 from Scan.

    AFAIK there aren't (yet) any single-platter 1TB 3.5" drives, so I think you'd be out of luck there.

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    Re: looking for lower than standard height 3.5" HD

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCrash View Post
    The smaller capacity Seagate models are a bit thinner (0.78 in as opposed to 1.02 in), up to 500GB in the 7200.12 series and 320GB in the 7200.11s, both just under £30 from Scan.

    AFAIK there aren't (yet) any single-platter 1TB 3.5" drives, so I think you'd be out of luck there.
    thanks. it doesn't have to be single platter, as long as it fits and the price and capacity is decent. £30 for 500gb is a reasonable price to upgrade from an 80gb drive. i had a look on the scan site yesterday and saw a few drives were a couple of mm slimmer, but the technical specs weren't listed for those drives. mind £40 gets you 1tb and £65 gets 2tb these days

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